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  • 100
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Flows in a way that seems effortless, following its own path, arriving at its own place. Only after the movie is over are the outlines of its story apparent. I found it impossible to outguess it. [12 July 1991] show more

  • 88
    Mike Clark USA Today

    In a watershed year for black filmmakers, Singleton has made the punchiest feature debut in recent memory. Those who complain that Lee's characters tangle up his plots will savor Singleton's flawlessly crafted edges. [12 July 1991] show more

  • 70
    Julie Salamon Wall Street Journal

    Mr. Singleton is a very good storyteller, but every once in a while he stops his story cold with speeches. You can feel the audience lost interest, as though a commercial has suddenly popped on screen. [18 July 1991, p.A9(E)] show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Has maturity and emotional depth: There are no cheap shots, nothing is thrown in for effect, realism is placed ahead of easy dramatic payoffs, and the audience grows deeply involved. show more

  • 50
    Dave Kehr Chicago Tribune

    Boys N the Hood wants to be “The Learning Tree'' and “Super Fly'' at once, an ambition that doesn't seem quite honest. [12 July 1991] show more

  • 100
    Empire

    The film not only lives up to its "Increase The Peace" subtitle but by refusing to overtly moralise puts its concerns across with astonishing impact. show more

  • 80
    TV Guide

    Positive figures--Furious, Tre, Brandi--are rendered perhaps too virtuous, and Singleton becomes a bit preachy in the closing scenes, but an overt "message" movie may be the only appropriate response to the ongoing social crisis addressed. show more

  • 78
    Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle

    All of the major players turn in powerhouse performances, and Fishburne nails his best role yet as Furious. show more

  • 100
    David Ansen Newsweek

    Singleton's powerhouse movie has the impact of a stun gun. [15 July 1991] show more

  • 100
    Richard Schickel Time

    Remarkable. [22 July 1991] show more

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